December 2014 Briefing - Otolaryngology

Share this content:

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for December 2014. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

AMA Identifies Top 10 Issues That Affected Docs in 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The top 10 issues that affected physicians in 2014 include many regulatory issues relating to Medicare and data release, as well as health issues such as overprescribing of antibiotics and the Ebola crisis, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

More Information

Gender Influences Opioid-Related Adverse Effects in Children

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For children undergoing tonsillectomy, sex influences opioid-related adverse effects, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in Pain Medicine.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Ebola, ACA, VA Scandal Top U.S. Health News for 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It started as a deadly but little-known outbreak in West Africa, but the lethal and unchecked spread of the Ebola virus dominated U.S. headlines for much of 2014, making it one of the year's top health news features.

More Information

H. pylori May Not Be Risk Factor for Head and Neck Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Helicobacter pylori may not be a risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Head & Neck.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

HIV Tied to Hearing Loss Across Frequency Spectrum

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with HIV tend to have worse hearing than those not infected with the virus, according to a new study published online Dec. 26 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Features of Microdirect Laryngoscopy, Bronchoscopy ID'd

MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Neonates undergoing microdirect laryngoscopies and bronchoscopies (MLB) most often present with respiratory distress and stridor, according to research published online Dec. 18 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Offers Payment for Chronic Care

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule includes a Current Procedural Terminology Code that pays for clinical staff time for developing and implementing a care plan for patients with two or more chronic conditions, according to an article published Dec. 18 in Medical Economics.

More Information

Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablet Safe in Asthma Patients

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with asthma and allergic rhinitis with/without conjunctivitis (AR/C), treatment with a Timothy grass sublingual immunotherapy tablet (SLIT-tablet) seems safe, according to research published online Dec. 14 in Allergy.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Tips Offered to Docs, Spouses for Maintaining Happy Marriage

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Simple tips can help physicians and their spouses maintain marital happiness, according to an article published in the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance magazine Physician Family.

More Information

SLNB Doesn't Up Survival in Melanoma Arising in Head, Neck

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with melanoma arising in head and neck subsites (HNM), there is no association between sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and disease-specific survival (DSS), according to research published in the December issue of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Viewpoint: Strong Mentorship 'Paramount' in Surgical Training

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The role of mentorship is explored through the career of Alfred Blalock, M.D., in a viewpoint piece published online Dec. 17 in JAMA Surgery.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

FDA Approves Xtoro for Acute Otitis Externa

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Xtoro (finafloxacin otic suspension) eardrops have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute otitis externa.

More Information

Digital Self-Scheduling Set to Increase Considerably by 2019

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Digital self-scheduling is set to increase considerably in the next five years, according to a report published by Accenture.

More Information

Challenges ID'd in Development of the Physician Compare Website

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), information must be made available to allow the public to compare physicians, although there are considerable challenges surrounding the development of the physician performance website, Physician Compare. These challenges are addressed in a health policy brief published online Dec. 11 in Health Affairs.

Full Text

Support for Electronic Health Information Varies With Use

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consent and purpose are important for public support of secondary uses of electronic health information, according to a study published in the Dec. 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Ideas and Opinions (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Physicians Reminded of Ethical Obligations Regarding Torture

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the issuing of the new U.S. Senate report on interrogations, the American Medical Association (AMA) is reminding physicians of their ethical obligations relating to torture and interrogation.

News Release
AMA Statement

Physicians Should Scrutinize Job Offers Before Accepting

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should scrutinize job offers and pay attention to specific issues before accepting a job, according to an article published Dec. 3 in Medical Economics.

More Information

Webcast Scheduled to Discuss Maintenance of Certification

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New data relating to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) will be discussed in a free webcast to be held Dec. 17 by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

More Information

Tips Offered for Docs to Manage Their Online Reputation

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians can manage their online reputation, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

More Information

Microbial Flora ID'd in Patients Undergoing Rhinoplasty

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing rhinoplasty, preoperative nasal culture can identify microbial flora that indicate risk of postoperative infection, according to research published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Economics Impact Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing Care

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children newly evaluated for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) with public insurance experience longer intervals from initial evaluation to polysomnography or adenotonsillectomy, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or full text may be required)

More Students Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More students are enrolling in medical schools, and enrollees are more diverse than before, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

More Information

More Docs, Patients Not Speaking Same Language

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People applying to become medical residents in the United States speak a wide range of non-English languages, but many aren't the languages spoken by patients with limited English skills, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Docs Trained in High-Cost Areas Practice More Costly Medicine

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who were trained in high-cost areas of the United States may be more likely to practice expensive medicine, a new study suggests; however, that effect gradually decreases over time. The study was published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Work-Hour Restrictions Have Not Improved Outcomes

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing medical residents' work hours hasn't improved mortality rates, hospital readmission rates, or outcomes of surgery, according to two new studies published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

Abstract - Patel
Full Text
Abstract - Bilimoria
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Higher Paid Docs Earn More Money From More Procedures

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High-income doctors make more money by ordering more procedures for each patient rather than by seeing more patients, according to an analysis of 2012 Medicare data published in a research letter Dec. 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Interdisciplinary Care Can Cut Costs in Peds Aerodigestive Care

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An interdisciplinary approach to pediatric aerodigestive disorders can reduce health care costs and exposure to anesthesia, according to research published online Dec. 4 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

AMA: Social Determinants of Health to Be Taught in Med School

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new policy implemented by the American Medical Association (AMA) supports integrating more training on the social determinants of health into undergraduate medical education, according to a report published by the AMA.

More Information

Longer Sugeries May Increase Risk of DVT, PE

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Longer surgery times appear to increase a patient's risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, according to a new study published online Dec. 3 in JAMA Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text

Too Much Patient Care Tied to Faculty Members' Intent to Leave

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending "far too much/too much" time/effort on patient care is associated with increased intent to leave the institution, according to research published in Academic Medicine.

Full Text

Doctor Discusses Ways to Keep Morale in Medicine High

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the many frustrations for doctors in medical practice, there are ways to keep morale high, according to an article published Nov. 20 in Medical Economics.

More Information

Advanced-Stage Laryngeal CA Outcomes Better at LSU Health

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with advanced-stage laryngeal cancer treated at Louisiana State University Health-Shreveport (LSU Health) have higher survival rates, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Low Complication Rates With Rib Cartilage Use in Rhinoplasty

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For autologous rib cartilage use in rhinoplasty, the overall long-term complications and donor-site morbidity rates are low, according to a meta-analysis published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Many Physicians Report Their Incomes Have Plateaued

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many physicians report that their personal income has not changed since last year, according to the results of the Physicians Practice 2014 Physicians Compensation Survey.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

Disease-carrying ticks were detected in 83 counties where they'd never been found before

Availability of Generic Antivirals for Hepatitis B Increasing

Availability of Generic Antivirals for Hepatitis B Increasing

Drop in median price of WHO-prequalified generic tenofovir from $208 to $32 from 2004 to 2016

Visual Function Deficits Up in Developmental Dyslexia

Visual Function Deficits Up in Developmental Dyslexia

Increased prevalence of deficits in visual function versus typically developing school-age children

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »